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Manchester United Are Keeping Tabs On This Brighton Star: What Will He Bring To Old Trafford?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, The Sun stated that Manchester United are keeping tabs on Brighton and Hove Albion star Kaoru Mitoma. It has been claimed that the Red Devils are eyeing a move to secure the services of the Japan international.

Mitoma’s Impressive Numbers In English Football This Season

Mitoma is having a fine campaign at the American Express Community Stadium after putting in a series of impressive performances on the left side of Brighton’s attack. The 25-year-old has found the back of the net on nine occasions and picked up six assists in 27 matches for the Seagulls this season across multiple competitions.

The Japanese sensation has proven his worth as a consistent performer in the Premier League based on his average of 1.2 shots, 1.1 key passes and 1.7 dribbles per 90 minutes in the Premier League. He has even been accurate with his ball distribution after making 84.5% of his attempted passes in the English top tier (stats via whoscored).

His current deal with Brighton is set to run out in the summer of 2025. Thus, Man United will have to make a big offer if they are serious about recruiting Mitoma in the off-season.

Kaoru Mitoma
BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 19: Kaoru Mitoma of Brighton & Hove Albion runs with the ball as he is is put under pressure by Michee Efete of Grimsby Town during the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final match between Brighton & Hove Albion and Grimsby Town at Amex Stadium on March 19, 2023 in Brighton, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

What Will Mitoma Bring To Manchester United?

Mitoma is proficient at creating space for himself to get a few strikes in on-target. He has got the vision to create a few decent chances for his teammates on the attacking end of the field and is an excellent dribbler with the ball at his feet. The Japanese sensation also works his socks off for his team off the ball which has made him such a valuable member of Brighton’s first XI this season.

We can expect Mitoma to bring more goals and creativity to Erik ten Hag’s frontline at Old Trafford. He has what it takes to increase competition for places within Man United‘s match-day squad.

At 25, the best is yet to come from Mitoma which makes him a decent option for the Mancunian giants to consider during this summer transfer period. He could even help the Red Devils challenge for some major trophies once again in the coming seasons.

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